Blake Shelton Today Getty Images/Nicholas Hunt
Getty Images/Nicholas Hunt

As another season of NBC’s “The Voice” kicks off tonight, Blake Shelton will be getting a whole new crop of aspiring artists on his team. Though he’s giving all he’s got to shaping this next generation of singers, Blake still takes time to check up on his “The Voice” protégés from the past.

Just ask rising country star Danielle Bradbery. She won season four of “The Voice” in 2013 as a member of Blake’s team. In the years since, Blake has always taken the time to check out what she’s doing career-wise. He even chimes in with a word of encouragement from time to time. Just check out this tweet from last year when Danielle released a new single.

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He wrote, “This just made my day … @DBradbery debuting on the chart!!!! Congrats sis!!!!! So proud of you!!!”

Danielle says, “He did congratulate me on ‘Sway,’ which was really awesome. He is very helpful in everything.”

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That being said, Danielle knows Blake is one of the busiest men in the entertainment industry. He’s got his gig on “The Voice” while also playing shows across the nation on his “Country Music Freaks Tour.” That’s why Danielle is careful not to blow up Blake’s phone for advice.

“He’s busy, and I’m the type of person where I’m like, ‘I won’t bug you unless you have free time,’” Danielle explains. She hopes to meet up with Blake soon to share more of her new music with him, though.

Danielle adds, “I honestly haven’t gotten the chance to really sit down and show him the whole entire album, but hopefully that time will come soon and I’ll get his opinions.”


We hope Blake and Danielle will be able to work up some new music together when they meet up again. Just listen to how good they sounded together harmonizing on this cover of Patty Loveless’s 1989 hit “Timber, I’m Falling in Love” during their time together on “The Voice.”

Danielle has now released a brand-new single called “Worth It,” and the video has already racked up more than 850,000 views.

She also performed the song on “The Voice” last December.

It’s included on her new album, “I Don’t Believe We’ve Met,” which she says is her most honest piece of work to date.

Danielle says of the new project, “Prepare for, honestly, a lot of emotions. You have your fun ones, but those are actually just real feelings and true feelings that I want [fans] to experience, too. I would say prepare some tissues for a couple of songs. But I just hope more than anything that if they can get anything out of this whole album is, hopefully, advice, or any of my songs can help them through whatever they’re going through. I know a lot of people have gone through some [of the] things on this album. So it’s basically telling ’em, ‘You’re not alone. We all go through it. And so hopefully we can just kind of live through things together,’ and it’s just an honest album.”


“I Don’t Believe We’ve Met,” is available everywhere.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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